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  1. melissa

    Hello Shlomo,
    Thank you for sending me the beautiful healing olive oil. I absolutely love the fragrance and rich texture 🙂 I have to say that when I received your letter with your reading of my photo I was initially surprised by what you wrote. I had seen another one of your letters to an ‘M’ and assumed that it was me – that letter definitely gelled with my self-perception… The one addressed to me, however, that I received in the mail, I thought it might have been meant for someone else. Not that it was completely off but you mentioned that I was a ‘difficult’ person to be around and needed to be more aware of those less fortunate than myself and I have always had a very strong sense of social justice and work with marginalized people. But, I do believe that there is room for improvement sure.
    Since using the oil I have been feeling well and less wishy-washy about what I want in life… I feel like I am making more skillful choices. I had also been pondering pursuing more education but was not entirely sure about which path to take. I then attended a retreat and found out about an opportunity that immediately appealed to me. I have applied and will find out in March if I am accepted. Whether I am or not, though, I do know now what is a priority for me 🙂 Thank you again for the oil Shlomo and I will keep you posted 🙂
    Blessings, Melissa

    Hi Mellissa;

    First I want to thank you for taking the time to write this feedback.
    The whole issue of reality is probably the most complex phenomenon of our existence, in addition, reality is “relative”, just like time; five people may be presented with the same reality but each one will experience it differently. We all make assumptions according to our own minds and feelings. So back to your feedback; there are two issues you brought up: Being difficult to deal with (not “difficult to be around”, big difference) and paying attention to the less fortunate. Having “a very strong sense of social justice and work with marginalized people” is not what I meant; I meant on a PERSONAL level, one on one. The fact that somebody takes a strong stand for social justice, and, say, fights for free housing for the homeless, does not mean that they are willing to let a homeless person, on a cold night, into their home… and the meaning of “difficult person to deal with”, in my letter, means that you are strong minded and not very flexible, so negotiating with you would be hard because your logic will prevail. And yes, I think that you will be accepted in March 🙂 Shlomo

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  2. Melissa

    Hello Shlomo,
    This is an update for month two of using the healing olive oil. I would like to compare it to a sandwich made with two slices of the most delicious nutty, seedy, fruit filled bread and sticky thick peanut butter slathered in the middle (too much peanut butter); it has been quite energetically charged on each end and the middle a bit dense, and challenging. At the start of month two I was spending some time with someone and it was quite lovely and exhilarating. It is quite delightful as it feels like a nice connection without there being a sticky sense of attachment to outcomes. Just simply enjoying each other’s company in a very present way 🙂 This was followed by the somewhat sudden death of a very lovely friend. There was much concern for his surviving partner, also a great friend, but luckily the community I live in is extremely caring and when needed we rally to help those in need, and between many of us we have been able to support him in the early days of his grieving. I am made aware more and more every day by how interconnected we all are and I feel such gratitude for the people in my neighborhood and community. In the mix of this, there were some challenging days with feeling the increasing demands and pressures of work, plus demands of family life and a car that was randomly not starting and leaving me stuck in a few situations. There was one day in particular that my awareness of my emotional states was taking a back seat to the emotional states. I was feeling stressed and tired… a bit grumpy, and on two occasions that day two strangers greeted me with beautiful smiles, warm ‘hello’s’ and ‘how is your day going’ kind of stuff. People that didn’t have to acknowledge me at all. But they did, and it touched me and it felt like spirit was giving me a couple of warm hugs and calling me back to the present which was exactly what I needed. Now to finish off – the end of the month has been strong in that my meditation practice has taken a few leaps after having experienced a couple of weeks where I could barely keep awake whenever I sat down. Energy feels right…. Insights are arising and compassion for self and others has also dramatically increased in the past week. There is a sense of freedom in my heart that I’m not sure I have ever had in my adult life? I believe that the causes for the expansion in heart are multi-factorial and I am so happy to be using the oil 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing 🙂

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    • Shlomo Friedman

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you for sharing with us, in such detail, these beautiful experiences… And all the people around you who are caring and sharing… We, here, in the Healing Olive community, may not be close physically, but we are very close in our desires to change by growing spiritually and understanding how our external and internal universes work…

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  3. Melissa

    Hello Shlomo,
    Has it been a month already since the last post? Well it has been a supremely enjoyable month 🙂 I have been feeling quite blissed out (yes even with all of the rain and grey days). I feel like there is so much love in my heart and it’s just bursting. I am feeling such gratitude for all of the beauty around me – in humanity and the environment. Every day acknowledging how blessed I am for having the opportunity to cross paths with so many delightful people – family, friends, acquaintances, people in passing. Definitely feeling like the division between self and others is dissolving and just really feeling that sense of interconnectedness. I had a week of holiday time with my two children and we connected so beautifully. Lots of time in nature together, playing together, talking, and just being, without any rush. I am so in love with them 🙂 I also spent time with extended family at a gathering and though some old tensions came up, there was communication about it, resolution, and it seems a portal for healing the relationship with my brother opened up. I have also been in dialogue with some extended family that I had been out of touch with and it also feels so nourishing and I’m just so happy about it. There has also been renewed energy for the work that I do – It really doesn’t feel like work or a job. My colleagues are close friends and my clients are people that I generally have such nice working relationships with. I put a lot of myself into what I do, but I receive everyday 🙂 I have also continued to enjoy the company of a man that I met in the fall. It feels like a heart connection and there is a lot of tenderness and sweetness and I am just thrilled to spend time with him when we get the chance. It feels easy, natural, and just sooooo lovely. So Shlomo, thats about how things have been going. I’m a happy camper and maybe it is a bit about new relationship energy but I think there is some magic happening too – and your oil 🙂 Many many thanks and heart blessings, Melissa

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  4. Melissa

    Hello Shlomo –
    Sorry for the delay in this response – life has just been so good 🙂 This is my 4th update and I have been using the oil for close to 5 months already! As I mentioned in my previous update, I have continued to feel my heart opening in a very big way. It is difficult to put into words how connected I feel to nature including other beings (people, plants and animals). I also feel a sense of profound peace. Where irritation, frustration and impatience may have at times been my ‘go to’s’ or knee jerk responses to minor irritations I am now feeling much calmer and am practicing cultivating love and compassion and am truly realizing that it is up to myself if I want to continue with attachment to suffering or if I would like to live a more joyful life 🙂 Let’s go with the latter! Hi-lites for the past few weeks: some beautiful bonding moments with my children, serendipitous happenings!!!, nature walks, and getting out of the city on a couple of magical weekend getaways with my Love <3<3<3. Shlomo thank you so much for your oil…. I will keep using it until I am out – looks like I have a few more weeks. Hope you are very well yourself 🙂

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  5. Melissa

    Hello 🙂 I am pretty much out of oil now – only a couple of drops left at the bottom of the bottle and not able to access them with the dropper. Thank you so much for this beautiful and generous thing you have done Shlomo. Life has become much sweeter since December when I started using the oil. Overall I would say that I have become more comfortable with the ‘unknown’s’ and feel a sense of peace and ease that I have not yet known. Relationships (including the one I have with myself) have developed beautifully. I am cherishing my children and it feels like interactions have become much more connected and playful. I truly feel their love for me and I know they feel my love! When the tough times happen they seem easier these days 🙂 I ALSO feel like I might have met the romantic ‘love of my life’. I could never grow tired of looking into his eyes (like pools of love and light) and it feels like I could love him for the rest of my days and more 🙂 Metta to you Shlomo <3<3<3

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